The Hanscom Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program reinforces the Air Force's commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual assault through awareness and prevention training, education, victim advocacy, response, reporting and accountability. The Air Force promotes sensitive care and confidential reporting for victims of sexual harassment and assault and accountability for those who commit these crimes.
Sexual harassment and assault are both criminal conducts. They fall well short of the standards America expects of its men and women in uniform. Specifically, it violates Air Force Core Values. Inherent in our core values of Integrity First, Service before Self, and Excellence in All We Do is respect: self-respect, mutual respect, and respect for our Air Force as an institution.
Our core values and respect are the foundation of our wingman culture -- a culture in which we look out for each other and take care of each other. Incidents of sexual assault corrode the very fabric of our wingman culture; therefore, we must strive for an environment where this type of behavior is not tolerated and where all Airmen are respected.
Sexual Harassment, Assault and Consent Defined
A form of sex discrimination that involves sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct.
Intentional and unwanted sexual contact (or attempts) characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, abuse of authority or when the individual does not give consent or is not capable of giving consent.
"Consent" is defined as words or overt acts indicating a freely given agreement to the sexual conduct at issue by a competent person. An expression of lack of consent through words or conduct means there is no consent. Lack of verbal or physical resistance or submission resulting from the accused's use of force, threat of force, or placing another person in fear does not constitute consent. A current or previous dating relationship by itself or the manner of dress of the person involved with the accused in the sexual conduct at issue shall not constitute consent.
Eligibility for Sexual Harassment Advocacy Services
Active duty Airmen, Guardians, and Reserve service members are eligible for Restricted or Unrestricted Reports.
Department of the Air Force civilians, service member dependents, and retirees may be eligible to use EO complaint process for allegations of sexual harassment but are not eligible for Restricted or Unrestricted Reporting or advocacy services through the SAPR office. Below are service-specific sexual harassment or EO hotlines for appropriate referrals:
Sexual Harassment Advocacy Reporting Options
Restricted Report: This reporting option allows a service member to confidentially report sexual harassment to a SARC or SAPR VA and receive victim advocacy services from the SAPR office. This reporting option does not trigger an investigation or notification to the service member's command or installation EO office, unless there is written consent from the service member or if there is a clear and present risk to health and safety to the service member or another person, as determined in consultation with the servicing legal office.
Unrestricted Report: This reporting option allows a Service member to report sexual harassment to a SARC or SAPR VA and receive victim advocacy services from the SAPR office. This reporting option will result in the SARC or SAPR VA notifying and conducting an in-person, virtual or telephonic referral with the Service member's commander and installation EO office to initiate an investigation (or clarification report via EO processes) of the sexual harassment allegation(s).
Eligibility for Sexual Assault Advocacy Services
Unrestricted and Restricted Reporting Options are available for:
Sexual Assault Advocacy Reporting Options
The Air Force has instituted avenues for reporting sexual assault in the form of Restricted and Unrestricted Reporting.
Restricted Reporting: This reporting option allows sexual assault victims to confidentially disclose the assault to specified individuals (i.e., SARC, SAPR VA, Chaplains or healthcare personnel), and receive medical treatment, including emergency care, counseling, and assignment of a SARC and SAPR VA, without triggering an investigation. It is intended to give the victim (survivor) time and control over the release of their information. Further, it also empowers the survivor to make an informed decision about participating in the criminal process.
Unrestricted Reporting: This reporting option is any report of sexual assault made through normal reporting channels (for example: reports to chain of command, security forces, and/or Air Force Office of Investigation). This reporting option triggers an investigation, command notification, and allows a person who has been sexually assaulted to access medical treatment and counseling.
Independent Investigation: An official law enforcement investigation not initiated by a victim's report of sexual assault. An official (independent) investigation may be initiated based on independently acquired information, such as when a commander immediately notifies OSI or the appropriate MCIO with information about a sexual assault from a source other than the victim (victim may have filed a Restricted Report or where no report has been made by the victim), or from other sources to law enforcement (e.g., friend of the victim or witness to the crime).
Installation Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
Non-emergency Cell: 781-552-0000
24/7 Hanscom cell: 781-225-7272
DoD Safe Helpline: 877-995-5247
Non-emergency Cell: 781-382-5957
Non-emergency Cell: 781-860-2179
SAPR Office Email: Hanscom.SAPR@us.af.mil
Sexual Assault victims have the right to ask for a Special Victims Counsel representative to be appointed to them. SVCs are active duty judge advocates whose sole role is to represent victims in a confidential, attorney-client relationship, throughout the investigation and prosecution processes.
Sexual assault victims can find contact information for SVC Offices at www.afjag.af.mil and can also contact the Hanscom SAPR Office at 781-225-3541, 781-225-6401 or 781-225-7655 to request an SVC.
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